Engaging All Learners

Engaging All Learners

Monday, January 15, 2018

Quotable Quote

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.    Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Ponder This . . .

From Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler

Every second of the day our brain synapses are firing, and students raised in stimulating environments with growth mindset messages are capable of anything.

A lot of scientific evidence suggests that the difference between those who succeed and those who don't is not the brains they were born with, but their approach to life, the messages they receive about their potential, and the opportunities they have to learn.  The very best opportunities to learn come about when students believe in themselves. 

There is no such thing as a "math brain" or a "math gift," as many believe.  No one is born knowing math, and no one is born lacking the ability to learn math. 

Students with a fixed mindset are less willing to try more challenging work or subjects because they are afraid of slipping up and no longer being seen as smart.  Students with a growth mindset take on hard work, and they view mistakes as a challenge and motivation to do more.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

National Fund for Teachers

Alabama teachers will now compete in the National Fund for Teachers program.  

2018 Grant – Application period:

October 1, 2017 - January 2018
DEADLINE: January 31, 2018, 5:00 PM Central Time


The Fund for Teachers grant program provides teachers the opportunity to design their own professional development and be awarded $5000 to $10,000 in grant money.
Alabama Pre-K through 12th grade teachers, submit an application for a chance to receive up to $5000 as an individual and up to $10,000 as a team of 2 or more teachers.
Do I meet the eligibility requirements?
  • (3) years teaching experience
  • Teach preK-12 grade
  • Spend at least 50% of a full time position in the classroom or classroom-like setting in direct instruction with students
  • Intend to return to the classroom in the consecutive school year
Find out more about this opportunity for “DIY professional development” by visiting fundforteachers.org or the nonprofit’s Facebook and Tumblr pages.
Meet Alabama’s 85 Fund for Teachers Fellows: 
2017 Fellows      2016 Fellows      2015 Fellows      2014 Fellows      2013 Fellows       2012 Fellows
Watch the videos below to find out information and practical tips on how to design and submit a successful grant application from former Fellows and the program manager.
For additional information contact: Kathy Heiman kheiman@aptv.org

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

K-2 Math Teachers Focus on Number Talks

TCS K-2 math teachers met today to gain information regarding using number talks in their classrooms.  The professional learning session was designed and facilitated by Lisa Lothspeich, district math coach.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Scantron Professional Development at Paine

Jenni Peters and Jennifer Cardwell are meeting with Paine teachers today and sharing valuable information regarding accessing and using various Scantron Performance Series reports.

Learning Targets for the Day:
1)      I can access my Performance Series Reports.
2)      I can find Performance Series Resources (including TEAM Drive and on the ALSDE site).

The teachers are looking at the Class Profile Report, Student Profile Report with Suggested Learning Objectives, NPR (Percentile), Performance Bands, and Gains Report. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Quotable Quote

“The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion and compassion and humor and style and generosity and kindness.”

—Maya Angelou (1928-2014)
Poet, Dancer, Producer, Playwright, Director, Author

Paine Readers Rewarded with "Reading Cows"

The Paine reading cows are back and on the mooooooove!!!!!  Classes can earn the Chick-Fil-A cows for reaching reading goals throughout the year.  This month the cows were awarded to the classrooms with the highest number of student participants in the AEA Be a Champion and Read Contest.

The following are winners in each grade level:
2nd-E. Perry

Thank you to all students who turned in a reading log for this challenge!  Team Alabama had the most readers!!!!  The next time the cows moooooove will be to the classrooms with the highest number of Ticket To Read minutes logged for their grade level.  Keep up the great reading, Paine Elementary!